To Work or Not To Work - help!!

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   Posted 6/13/2017 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I came out of a 7 month flare up a couple of weeks ago. I was so sick that I felt like I was dying. I have the opportunity to work 15 hours a week now for $10/hour cash helping out at a thrift store nearby, but I'm not sure if I should. I worked today, and I can barely move and I have a sore throat. I'm just afraid of causing another long flare up. Plus, I'm in the middle of trying to get SSDI. I had my second denial and just hired an attorney. I also have major depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD and insomnia.

I'm so confused because I want to work to earn money, feel productive and be social...but my body isn't really cooperating.

Should I risk my health for work???

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   Posted 6/14/2017 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
We have quite a few member who work. It's more difficult but they can do it.

A sore throats is t a symptom of Fibro. You might be coming down with a cold or flu. That will cause more muscle aches and pain so I don't think your working one day caused this.

I personally would give working a shot and also get help with controlling the pain of Fibro. If what you are using isn't t working, try other things. It's a trial and error type thing in controlling fibro pain because we are all so different.


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   Posted 6/14/2017 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mishell: Ouch! Sorry to hear about that nasty flare-up and pain. What a tough call concerning the job! Sherrine's advice makes sense. Sometimes a second look can change everything.

If the job doesn't work out, would there be some kind of work you could do from home? Sales? Crafts? Just an idea.

My SIL with MS got a part-time position at a local church, planning activities for preschoolers. It worked well for her and wasn't too strenuous or tiring; just a few hours a week was what she could handle. The church has since made changes, and unfortunately, her position was cut. I guess we take whatever works for us at the time, as far as jobs go.

I hope you're better soon and things turn around for you. Best wishes and God bless. smile
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Post Edited (Luvzminis) : 6/14/2017 4:36:08 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/15/2017 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I work casual. It gives me so much flexibility and time off when I want if I give notice before the schedule goes up.

It is important to me to work because it gets me out, interacting with people, and earning something is rewarding. It's not always easy but to me it's worth it. It would be easy for me to become housebound - especially in the winter - and that could well lead to depression.
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